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Tropes related to the characters from the Visual Novel series, It Lives. The series consists of two books: It Lives In The Woods and It Lives Beneath.

Tropes for several characters in both games

  • Foil: The main characters of It Lives In The Woods and It Lives Beneath are set up as such. The former group consists of Childhood Friends who split apart ten years ago and become friends once again because of Redfield's involvement. The latter group consists of complete strangers who gradually learn to trust one another to face the Lake Ghost.
  • Love Interests: In each game, you can date love interests and can freely date multiple of them at once. Each love interest is available regardless of your player's gender (the playable character's gender is player-selected in both games).
    • In It Lives In The Woods, your love interests are Lucas, Andy, Ava, Stacy and Connor. Regardless of your player's gender, you can date any of them (though you cannot date both Stacy and Connor, given that they are siblings).
    • The love interests for It Lives Beneath are Tom, Imogen, Parker, and Danni.
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Tropes for It Lives in the Woods Characters

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General Tropes for the group

  • The Bus Came Back: The main group minus Devon/Noah appear in Chapter 5 of Beneath depending on who survives the end of the game.
  • Childhood Friends: Devon, Jane, Lily, Ava, Andy, Stacy, Lucas, Dan, and Noah used to play with Redfield frequently in the woods until Jane died.
  • I'm Not Afraid of You: Chapter 11 has the group tell Mr. Red even with all of his demonic powers and moss monsters attack that they're no longer scared of him.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: The group is composed of Audience Surrogate (Devon), the Student Council President (Lucas), the fat Nice Girl (Lily), the Goth (Ava), the loner (Noah), the cheerleader (Stacy), the transgender Lovable Jock (Andy), and the Troubled, but Cute football star with PTSD (Dan). The only thing they all have in common is their knowledge of Redfield's existence.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Since Jane's death at Mr. Red's hands when the group were kids, they split apart until the story starts. When that point is established, Devon is still in friendly terms with all of them, but there's still friction between most of the group.

Main Character/Devon

The protagonist of It Lives in the Woods, who encountered a supernatural entity with a few friends ten years ago

  • Audience Surrogate: The reader gets all the background information from Devon's perspective.
  • Chainsaw Good: Chapter 11 allows Devon to buy a pole saw for the battle against Mr. Red.
  • Dying Alone: This can be their fate if everyone survives and you choose to save Noah/let Noah kill you.
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: If Devon becomes the new Redfield, none of their friends eulogize them during the memorial service in Chapter 16. The only ones to do so are Connor, and Tom in It Lives Beneath.
  • Hello, [Insert Name Here]: Name, race, and gender can be chosen by the player. The default name is “Devon”.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Devon can be the one to sacrifice his/her life to be the new Mr. Red.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: One of the flashbacks has the option for Child!Devon to either be careful about Redfield or to straight up declare the unconditional trust in him.
  • I Call It "Vera": Buying the barbed wire baseball bat allows you to name it, although its default name is "Candy".
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: They feel very guilty about Jane’s death over their unfulfilled promise to protect her no matter what.
  • Invisible Parents: Devon's parents are overseas for the duration of the game's first fifteen chapters; in fact, they are only mentioned at all twice. One is in the first chapter when Devon reveals to Cid that his/her parents are overseas, and the second time is the day after Cody's death when Devon reveals that his/her mom is taking the news hard.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Devon's confrontation with Redfield results in the latter turning against the group, such as disrupting next day's basketball match with a Spider Swarm, depriving Ava from her telekinesis, exposing Stacy's dysfunctional family life to the school, and getting Lucas suspended by filling his locker with focus pills.
  • Perky Goth: Devon can choose the gothic look as premium choices and still be friendly and supportive of their friends.
  • Secret Keeper: If Noah becomes Redfield, Devon is the only one who knows this and shows Harper and Tom.
  • Sole Survivor: They can be this if everyone dies and you choose to let Noah sacrifice himself. It can also overlap with Final Girl if female.
  • Virtual Paper Doll: The player can customize Devon in any style available, with the goth looks as the only premium choice.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Regardless of their gender, Devon has the option to punch Jocelyn in Chapter 8.

Lucas Thomas
One of Devon's childhood friends and the Class President of Westchester High

  • Ambiguously Brown: His ethnicity isn't exactly clear. His mother's name is Amala, which is of Indian origin, but his last name is obviously of English origin.
  • Descent into Addiction: Downplayed. Lucas developed addiction to focus medication for his studies and forged a medical prescription from his mother's desk to obtain them. Mr. Cooper found out by noticing his symptoms and was attacked by Redfield before he could report it. Devon makes Lucas throw away the medications before he could get worse.
  • Education Mama: He has a controlling mother that made him enroll in different extracurricular activities to apply for a good college.
  • Hidden Depths: He enjoys beatboxing as a hobby.
  • Non-Action Guy: He joins Lily in reciting the spell needed to seal Mr. Red.
  • Pungeon Master: In Chapter 4, his announcement warning his fellow students of rising bear sightings is full of bear puns.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: To reinforce his role as the Straight Man in the group and overachiever.
  • Student Council President: Lucas is one of these and the stress of balancing so much work is getting to him. Among many other things he is obligated to do as extra curriculars, he is the most charismatic and caring person in the school.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: He's described as such from Devon's point of view.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: In Chapter 6, the reason he tries to cram so much into his high school life is because he believes his parents are disappointed in him for not being up to their level compared to when they were his age.

Ava Cunningham
One of Devon's childhood friends and the daughter of the local sheriff

  • Bare Your Midriff: Her portrait has her belly exposed.
  • Curse Cut Short: She said, "Oh f—" during the blackout at pep rally.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Big tough goth girl Ava goes into this when she, Lucas and Devon find a black kitten in an alley in Chapter 6.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She's very sarcastic, especially to the bullies.
  • Demonic Possession: In Chapter 8, Redfield possessed her into choking Jocelyn with her telekinesis for attacking her.
  • Embarrassing Middle Name: Her middle name is Dolores, which she isn't proud of.
  • Goth: She is a big supernatural fan and keeps the bullies away with both her looks and her knowledge of hexes.
  • Goth Girls Know Magic: Extremely goth, and with an interest in witchcraft and the occult.
  • Knife Nut: If you bring Ava with you to the woods in Chapter 3, she fights against the creatures with one. Noah is quite concerned how she hid one in her boot to school.
  • Mind over Matter: Ava develops telekinesis in Chapter 4. By Chapter 7, she has some measure of control and finesse over it. She loses it in Chapter 9.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: She’s quite eager to go in the scary woods at night in Chapter 2. In a flashback, she is shown to be the only one eager to meet Redfield, despite being obviously dangerous. In Chapter 11 at Cora’s house, she wants to have Cora’s house as hers.
    • In Chapter 11, she loves having a moss monster as a pet in a premium choice.
    • In Chapter 5 of Beneath, she considers the concept of a monster bear cool. She also asks Harper for details on the skeleton ghost at the bottom of the lake, if it's just bones or has remaining tissue, just for her own amusement.
  • Optional Party Member: A premium option in Chapter 2 allows Devon to recruit her for the next chapter.
  • Overprotective Dad: Although he is never seen in game, it is mentioned that Ava's father - the town's sheriff - is rather protective of her. This is revealed if you spend time with Ava at Britney's party.
  • Sassy Black Woman: She's definitely this, especially as a goth.
  • Teacher's Pet: Chapter 11 has Noah call her this when she’s straight to the point in not only how to seal the Power, but also Cora liking her.
  • Token Minority: She is the only African American in the group.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: In childhood, her hair was black. As a teen, it's blonde and red.

Lily Ortiz
An overweight girl who is one of Devon's childhood friends

  • Amicable Exes: Her relationship with Britney can be played as such if they broke up in Chapter 12.
  • Genre Mashup: In Chapter 5 of Beneath, her game, "Pixie Girls," is described as "a sort of a visual novel mixed with Touhou-style bullethell levels." Harper can have no idea what the hell any of that means.
  • Lipstick Lesbian: Lily is very femme, always wearing dresses and bows in her hair.
  • Love Martyr: Despite Britney being obviously mean even to her face, she still tries to be friendly, and defends her despite her friends are worried that Britney is going to hurt her eventually. When they theorize that Redfield might be controlling Britney to be nicer to Lily, she refuses to believe this, claiming Britney only became bad because of Jocelyn and Cody.
  • Nice Girl: She tries to greet Britney despite being bullied by her gang constantly.
  • The Smart Girl: According to Devon, she has a GPA of 4.5 and her only issue with Art as a subject is that the evaluation is not objective.
    • Moreover, she also speculates the connection between Dan's discovery in the woods and Ava using her telekinesis to slam Jocelyn's head with a locker door.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In Chapter 2, she refuses to join Devon and Noah to find Dan in the woods, believing that it's too dangerous.
  • Straight Gay: She has a crush on Britney.
  • We Used to Be Friends: According to Lily's letter to Britney, they used to be close until Britney changed. Britney uses the letter to humilliate Lily by claiming she's a Stalker with a Crush.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: She scolds Ava for choking and nearly killing Jocelyn with her telekinesis.

Noah Marshall
One of Devon's childhood friends whose sister Jane died ten years prior to the events of the story

  • Angsty Surviving Twin: Chapter 8 reveals that he and Jane are twins.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He is highly protective of Jane.
  • Dying Alone: This can be his fate if everyone survives and you choose to let Noah sacrifice himself.
  • Fugitive Arc: If Noah survives, he becomes a fugitive on the run.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He can be the one to take Jane’s place as Mr. Red in Chapter 15.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: He feels a lot of guilt and resentment over his sister Jane's death and blames the group for not caring enough for what happened to her.
    • As is mentioned above he is civil towards Devon, but even they didn’t want to sit next to Noah due to what happened.
  • Love Martyr: Ultimately, everything Noah did he did because he loved his sister and couldn't stand to see her suffering, even if she was hurting people.
  • Nice Hat: Wears a blue and black beanie.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Noah was the one who figured out what actually needed to be done to seal Redfield. The problem is, he didn't tell the gang until they actually had to do it, with predictable reactions.
  • Properly Paranoid: He is the most nervous and paranoid from the group, which is justified, given that his sister died because of Redfield.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In Chapter 7, he walks away after Britney decides to play "Are you scared?" because Jane was killed while playing it.
  • Secret Keeper: If he survives and Devon becomes Redfield, Noah is the only one who knows this and shows Harper and Tom.
  • Sole Survivor: Noah can be this if everyone dies, including Devon. If you start Book 2 without completing the previous one, he becomes this by default.
  • The Unfavorite: Ever since Jane’s death, his mother has said to his face she hates him and wants him dead instead of Jane.
  • Unwitting Pawn: This is what he became in Chapters 14 and 15; he genuinely believed that if he followed Jane/Redfield's instructions, he would be able to bring Jane back, but he had no idea that he was placing himself and all of his friends in mortal danger and possibly killing them.
  • Working-Class Hero: Unlike the others who are implied to be upper middle class, he comes from a household with a lower tax bracket.

Stacy Green
One of Devon's childhood friends, a cheerleader of Westchester High, and the daughter of Westchester's mayor

  • Bare Your Midriff: In Beneath, her new outfit includes a long-sleeved blouse that exposes her midriff.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: Her parents fight all the time and are having affairs on each other.
  • Blackmail: She was a victim of this because Britney tricked her into revealing all of her family's secrets. In exchange of never releasing that video, Stacy had to be part of Britney's posse and buy her everything she wants. In Chapter 5, she gets to turn the tables on Britney when a vine monster brings Stacy Britney's bag, allowing her to delete the video and also have proof of Britney insulting the rest of the team.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Devon can encourage her to do this to her mother for treating her as merely the Mayor's daughter in Chapter 13, boosting her nerve as a result.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Related to the above trope, she also deletes the video from Britney's cloud server and makes a copy of all the conversations where Britney trashed most of her "friends".
  • Defiant to the End: While most of her friends plead for their lives when Redfield successfully kills them, she remains indignant towards Jane.
  • The Dog Bites Back: After Redfield helps her get Britney's phone, instead of returning it to her, Stacy decides to let Britney have a taste of her own medicine and blackmail her back.
  • Forced into Evil: She tells Devon that Britney is blackmailing her into being part of her posse and bully her targets. Stacy has to pretend to drag Devon to a dumpster so they can properly talk.
  • Handbag of Hurt: In Chapter 11, she fills her purse with heavy rocks as a makeshift weapon against the vine creatures.
  • The Klutz: Subverted. Stacy is shown to be very skilled at flips, but she gets intimidated by Britney, which makes her trip in the middle of a routine, and prompts the bullies to call her this. She later explains to Devon that one of Britney's rules is to never outshine her.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: Averted. She has no problem with Devon dating her brother under the condition that she won't date Devon if he/she kisses him. Likewise, kissing Stacy makes Connor ineligible as a Love Interest.
  • Neck Snap: Jane kills her this way if she fails a nerve check during an "Are you scared?" game.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!:
    • In Chapter 2, she refuses to join Devon and Noah to find Dan in the woods, saying that this matter is best handled by professional adults.
    • In Chapter 7, she walks away after Britney decides to play "Are you scared?" because Jane was killed while playing it.

Andy Kang
One of Devon's childhood friends and a member of the school basketball team the Westchester Wolves

  • Appeal to Force: He is shown using force or suggest it more often than Devon's other friends.
  • Appropriated Appellation: While "Triple Threat" was originally coined to make fun of Andy for being short, trans, and Asian, he'll triumphantly shout "We got your Triple Threat right here!" if he, Devon, and Stacy do a good job taking down vine monsters during the sealing ritual.
  • The Big Guy: If he’s brought to the woods in Chapter 3, he first shows off his strength by powerlifting a bag of cement (or Devon) in the hardware store, then fights the vine monsters barehanded.
  • Bittersweet Ending: If he survives the showdown against Redfield in Chapter 15, the next chapter reveals that he repeats Senior year in high school after being put on medical leave for his leg injuries. Even after resuming his studies, he still struggles with his injuries. The silver lining is that he has become basketball captain, and Ben no longer antagonizes him.
  • Crowbar Combatant: He uses one in the fight against Mr. Red in Chapter 11.
  • Distressed Dude: The vine monsters kidnapped him at the end of Chapter 12.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Andy had these during his childhood.
  • Height Angst: The third part of the “triple threat” crack: he’s short.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: He and Tom were very close friends, even before Andy's change. They never show romantic attraction to each other, despite both being bisexual.
  • In-Series Nickname: After he contributes to the team's victory, the school started calling him "King Kang".
  • Jerk Jock: During the basketball game in Chapter 9, he can act like one of these saying he’s carrying the team.
  • Lovable Jock: Andy is a decent guy and wants to demonstrate that he made the basketball team by his hard work alone, despite people at school dismissing his presence as the token. He finally gets his well-deserved recognition in the first basketball game of the school, when he contributes to his team's victory.
  • Optional Party Member: A premium option in Chapter 2 allows Devon to recruit him for the next chapter.
  • Pint Sized Power House: Short but really strong.
  • Transgender: This is first implied in Chapter 2, when Lucas mistakenly used the pronoun "her" when telling Noah to leave him alone. A bit later, Ava implies that Andy got into the basketball team as the "token", which he is desperate to prove the opposite. It's eventually confirmed that Andy is indeed transgender; during flashbacks, his name is still Andy, and he has visibly longer hair.
  • Trans Tribulations: Bullied and excluded on his basketball team for being short, Asian, and trans. Ben explicitly says that he's there as a PR move and won't actually get to play much, if at all. Lucas accidentally misgenders him in Chapter 2. When he first cut his hair short, the next day at school was "hell," with both the kids and the grown-ups disapproving of him.
  • Twofer Token Minority: He is Asian and Transgender. This, on top of his shortness, is why some mean students (including Cody) call him "triple threat".
    • Ben, the Jerkass basketball team captain explicitly tells him he was put on the team as an “affirmative action hire” and it would be good for team pictures.
  • Worthy Opponent: To Anderton High's basketball team. If he dies, its members chant "King Kang" with Tom during the memorial service.

Daniel "Dan" Pierce
One of Devon's old friends and a football star at Westchester High

  • Ambiguous Disorder: In a premium option, Devon and Stacy can pick Dan's phone and go through his conversations. The content of the messages heavily implies that Dan suffers from PTSD, which is why he is paranoid and anxious near the woods; this is revealed in how he has been talking to a mental health therapist through text messages.
  • Cassandra Truth: During an "Are you scared?" game in Chapter 15, Jane exploits his fear of being seen as crazy in case he tells people his childhood experiences.
  • Convenient Coma: After Noah and Devon rescue him from the woods, he falls into a coma for the rest of the book, unable to explain why he went into the woods and how Redfield got loose. The gang can only find out about his motivations through his texts (via premium option), and Redfield uses his unconcious body to posses him.
  • Demonic Possession: The gang discovers that Redfield possessed Dan at the hospital while he’s still in a coma.
  • Distressed Dude: The plot gets into motion when he sends messages to the group to rescue him from the woods.
  • Lovable Jock: He is one of the most popular guys at school for being a football star and a Nice Guy to people around him.
  • The Shrink: If he survives, in Beneath he reveals that he is majoring in Grief Counseling, giving a free therapy session to Harper, after learning about their parents.
  • Stepford Smiler: According to Stacy, he hides all of his stresses from the rest of the school because when you’re a football star, “you’re not allowed to have feelings.”
  • Troubled, but Cute: He appeared to be the typical popular jock and still close friends with Stacy, but his chat history reveals that he suffered from PTSD from his previous encounter with Redfield and was getting help from a therapist.


The captain of Westchester High's cheerleading squad, she and her friends use her position to bully other students in the school

  • Alpha Bitch: Head of the cheerleader squad and main bully who targets Devon, Lily, and Stacy.
  • Ambiguously Bi/Ambiguously Gay: While she has been mentioned to have gone out with guys before, she also kissed Lily in middle school and asks her to be her date to Homecoming.
    • It’s clear she’s attracted to Lily, but what’s not is whether she’s actually attracted to guys, just did what was expected or used boys for status, or is in a If It's You, It's Okay situation with Lily.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Even more so than Lucas because her last name isn't revealed and there's no mention of her parents' names.
  • Amicable Exes: Her relationship with Lily can be played as such if they broke up in Chapter 12.
  • Beauty Is Bad: She is the meanest and cruelest person in the school, in contrast with her good looks and status as cheer captain.
  • Becoming the Mask: She was pretending to be nice to Lily because she was suffering from headaches that go away if she's around Lily. Over time, however, she genuinely realizes that she misses being around Lily to the point of not going through her original plan to humiliate her during homecoming.
  • Blackmail: She has been keeping Stacy under her foot by keeping a recording of her spilling all her family secrets.
  • Blackmail Backfire: Everything was going smoothly for her until Redfield sent monsters to give her cellphone to Stacy, turning the tables. Not only Stacy got to delete her video, but also found all the conversations where she and Jocelyn trashed the whole school.
  • Broken Pedestal: Lily finally realizes Britney is a bad person in Chapter 10, when she mocks Stacy after her video gets screened in everybody's phones.
  • Easily Forgiven: Played straight or averted once Lily discovers her original intention to humiliate her during homecoming.
  • False Friend: To Stacy. During Britney's birthday party, she recorded her conversation with Stacy, who revealed how dysfunctional her family was to Britney, and used it as blackmail material to one-up on Stacy.
  • Girlish Pigtails: A premium option in Chapter 7 has Devon and Stacy look into Britney's eighth grade yearbook, where she had this and Pubescent Braces.
  • Pubescent Braces: A premium option in Chapter 7 has Devon and Stacy look into Britney's eighth grade yearbook, where she had this and Girlish Pigtails.
  • Reformed Bully: By Chapter 16, she is starting to act nicely to other people.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: In the same scene she can go from insulting Devon and the gang, to be sweet and nice towards Lily, which everyone but Lily finds suspicious.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Zig-zagged. According to Lily's letter to Britney, the latter was nicer during middle school and braided Lily's hair for the middle school dance. However, Lily also mentioned that Britney got into fights and committed petty crimes. Instead of acknowledging Britney’s abuse, she instead blames Jocelyn and Cody as her Toxic Friend Influence.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: She is highly popular in Westchester High, even though calling her a villain is a bit of a stretch.

Jocelyn Wu
Click for appearance in It Lives Beneath 
One of Britney's friends who bully other students of Westchester High

  • Asian Airhead: Chapter 8 reveals that her last name is Wu, a Chinese last name. Considering her low intelligence, she fits the trope quite well.
  • Beta Bitch: She just follows Britney along but lacks both personality and intelligence.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: She may be a dimwit, but her physical prowess shows what she would do if she is triggered enough.
  • Brainless Beauty: Unlike Britney, she doesn’t have sass to back up her popular status, she’s Literal-Minded and her insults are pretty obvious.
  • The Brute: Among Britney's posse, she is the most enthusiastic to inflict physical abuse, and often joins Cody in physically hurting others, even doing it herself to Ava. Chapter 8 shows that she is stronger than Andy.
  • Dumb Muscle: Dimwitted yet strong enough to grab Ava with one hand and easily push aside two people restraining her (including a fellow athlete, no less).
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Jocelyn displays what seems to be very real grief after Cody's death, and describes him as her "best friend."
  • Eye Scream: Her appearance in The Stinger of “Beneath” shows that her left eye is now white, meaning it got damaged during the prom attack.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In Chapter 13, she flips over a table as a makeshift barricade against the vine monsters, allowing everyone else to escape while she is subsequently devoured by the vine monsters. A premium scene in Chapter 14 reveals she survived, albeit severely injured.
  • Huge School Girl: She is taller than Ava and very physically strong.
  • Lame Comeback: All her attempts to make fun of others fall flat whenever she tries to give a lame nickname (like trying to call Ava “Ava the Witch”, to Cody’s annoyance). She is the only one who laughs at her own insults.
  • Reformed Bully: Implied. In the last chapter, Tom mentioned talking to her briefly and said she has gotten better. If Lucas survived, he said that what she did during Homecoming saved many lives, and that can't be ignored.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: She beats up Ava in Chapter 8, blaming her for Cody's death.
  • Scars Are Forever: In The Stinger of “Beneath”, it's shown she now has three jagged scars over the left side of her face.
  • Single Girl Seeks Most Popular Guy: She first threatens Ava to stay away from Dan. In Chapter 7, she is only groveling to Andy after he won the game.
  • Villainous Valor: Displays legitimate courage when Redfield's monsters attack homecoming and ends up helping to save her classmates.

One of Britney's friends who bully other students of Westchester High

  • Asshole Victim: Outside of the horrible nature of his death, it’s still hard to feel sorry for him after all the abuse he inflicted on others.
  • Back from the Dead: In a way. In Chapter 11, a form of him is summoned by Mr. Red to keep the group from sealing him away. Mr. Red then possesses his body, becoming a golem.
  • The Brute: Slightly less enthusiastic to inflict physical abuse than Jocelyn, but still does it enough to lower Devon and Lily's nerves.
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: The only person upset about his death was Jocelyn, and aside from Mr. Red taking his form in Chapter 11, he was never seen nor mentioned again afterwards, not even in the memorial at Chapter 16.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: He’s found impaled on the tree outside of Devon’s house at the end of Chapter 7.
  • The One Guy: The only male member of Britney's posse.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Compared to the other bullies, Cody is given very little characterization beyond just being a highly aggressive Jerkass causing problems for Devon and his friends.
  • Would Hit a Girl: On top of physically threatening Lily, Cody has no qualms with punching Devon if Devon is female.

    Redfield (A.K.A. "Mr. Red") 

Redfield/"Mr. Red" (Real name Douglas Redfield)
A supernatural being Devon and his/her old friends encountered ten years ago whose return prompts them to investigate him

  • Ambiguous Innocence: Despite his violence, Redfield seems oddly innocent and attached to the main characters. Because he's actually Jane's spirit.
  • The Beastmaster: He can control animals to do his bidding, such as sending a murder of crows to attack Cody and Jocelyn, a bear to attack Ben, a snake to bite Mr. Cooper, a skeletal dog to snatch Britney's bag and give it to Stacy, and a Spider Swarm to disrupt a basketball match.
  • Big Bad: He is the one who haunts the main characters, and responsible of the mysterious disappearances and comas in town.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In Chapter 15 of “Beneath”, he comes to the rescue of Harper and their friends if they bought the spellbook for Tom in a premium choice.
  • Blow You Away: He can create winds strong enough to knock a person off their feet. He can even suffocate Dan to death by sucking the oxygen from his lungs.
  • Expy: He shares some similarities with Pennywise the Dancing Clown.
  • Faux Affably Evil: The group conclude that Redfield tried to get in their good graces by dealing with their troubles, like sending the crows to save Lily and Devon from the bullies, sending a bear to maul Ben for mistreating Andy, putting a snake in Mr. Cooper's desk when he was about to report Lucas for consuming study drugs, and getting Britney's phone for Stacy. They also speculate about Redfield mind controlling Britney to be nicer to Lily.
  • In-Series Nickname: The gang used to call him “Mr. Red”. They still use the nickname occasionally.
  • Nightmare Face: When his true form is finally revealed in Chapter 8, he is shown with a skeletal face, sharp teeth, and flames billowing from his eyes, mouth, and spots on his skin when angry.
  • Optional Party Member: A premium option in Chapter 15 of “Beneath” allows you to recruit him as an ally against Josephine.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Redfield is a mysterious entity that can go from playful and shy to psychopathic murderer in a heartbeat.
    • Happens again in Chapter 8 when Devon says to stop doing what he's doing, forcing him to reveal his true demonic form!
    • Especially when it’s revealed that this Mr. Red is Jane.
  • Villainous Breakdown: He has this reaction from Devon telling him to go away.
  • Was Once a Man: According to Cora Pritchard, the current incarnation of Redfield is implied to be an acquaintance of hers who wanted more power from the supernatural energy that gives people powers that he ends up fused with it. Collecting all of Goddard E. Filleus's letters reveal that his real name is Douglas Redfield.
    • The ending of Chapter 14 reveals that the current Redfield is actually Noah's sister Jane.
  • Would Hurt a Child: It's confirmed in Chapter 10 that he killed Jane in the past, and quite violently. He does it again by impaling Cody.
  • Yandere: Flashbacks reveal that Redfield did consider the group his friends, and despite the fact that they are now terrified of him, Redfield has gone as far as to send people into comas and even commit murder to protect them.

    Other Characters 

Jane Marshall
Noah's late sister who encountered Redfield with Devon ten years ago

  • Fiery Redhead: Jane was a redhead and flashbacks suggest that she was very outspoken and determined, and even brave enough to stand up to Mr. Red, which got her killed. Becomes literally this after she turns into the monster.
  • Half-Identical Twins: She and Noah are twins.
  • Kill the Cutie: She was the most innocent of the gang and genuinely liked Mr. Red. Then he killed her violently while playing "Are you scared?"
  • The Lost Lenore: Her death still haunts Devon and Noah after many years.
  • Neck Snap: Redfield killed her by breaking her neck when playing a game called "Are you scared?"
  • Posthumous Character: She is dead before the story begins and Noah is convinced that she got killed by Redfield.

Cid and Hilda

Devon's friendly next door neighbors

  • Canine Companion: A premium option allows Hilda to serve as this to Devon while Cid goes out of town.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: If you have Hilda when you meet Mr. Red in Chapter 8, she snarls at his presence.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Cid is Devon’s neighbor and friend of the family, checking up on Devon while their parents are overseas.
  • Optional Party Member: Hilda only stays with Devon via premium option.
  • Put on a Bus/We Hardly Knew Ye: Cid goes out of town in Chapter 4, leaving Hilda in a local kennel or under Devon's care. Outside of a quick scene at the beginning of the game's epilogue, a scene which even then only occurs if Devon is alive - neither Cid nor Hilda (assuming you didn't adopt her) appears in the story again.

Connor Green
Stacy Green's brother who works at a local hardware store

The captain of the basketball team

  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: His first appearance showcases him as a charismatic leader. He keeps pretending to be nice until Andy asks him to talk to the coach on his behalf, to which he responds with a condescending "maybe" about it, flat out admits to his face that he's just in the team for public relations, and can't wait for him to quit.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: In Chapter 4, a bear broke his arm, preventing him from playing in the first basketball game.
  • Jerk Jock: He feels that Stacy is too boring for him. He also tells Andy the only reason he's on the team is as an “affirmative action hire”.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Right after he belittles Andy, he gets mauled by a bear.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He allowed Andy to join the basketball team as a publicity stunt to make the team look good on pictures, then excluded him and Tom from practicing other basketball moves besides passing.
  • Reformed Bully: In Chapter 16, he is much nicer towards Andy if the latter survives. Of course, you still have the option of tossing a basketball to his face, though he takes it with a smile.

Tomoichi “Tom” Sato

See the It Lives Beneath section

Mr. Charles Cooper
A teacher at Westchester High

  • Convenient Coma: He miraculously survived a snake attack, but remains in a coma with low chances of recovering anytime soon. Since the Principal doesn't know why Mr. Cooper wanted to meet with Lucas' parents before he got attacked, Lucas can either lie or play dumb.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: He was only doing his job when he had to report Lucas for using study drugs, which results in Redfield placing a snake in his desk. Then again, Redfield was certainly not acting with Lucas' notification (much less sanction) when he attacked Mr. Cooper.
  • Irony: His sweater has a snake, and he got bitten by a snake.
  • Stern Teacher: Despite applauding Lucas for his impeccable record, he immediately notices that he is using study drugs and he has to report him to his parents and the Principal. This alone prompts Redfield to attack him.

Mayor Green
Stacy and Connor's mother and the mayor of Westchester

  • Abusive Parents: She and her husband lash out at Stacy if they’re not arguing together. She even had Stacy pay for one of her cashmere sweaters out of her allowance when Stacy accidentally spilled juice on it. She gets better later, however.
  • Happy Marriage Charade: She and her husband hate each other, yet maintain their public image as a happy couple for her mayoral election campaign.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: She resembles Hillary Clinton, and Devon can even call her "Off-Brand Hillary Clinton".
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Despite her lack of awareness of Redfield, she still cares about Westchester’s residents, such as holding an announcement on bear sightings and searching for Noah should the latter survive the showdown against Redfield.
  • Unnamed Parent: Her first name is unknown.
  • Your Cheating Heart: She and her husband are constantly having affairs behind each other’s backs.

Cora Pritchard/Pritch the Witch
The author of a children's book the group read as children

  • Facial Horror: The right side of her face is disfigured by burn marks. Asking her about it in Chapter 11 reveals it’s from when she and her group sealed Redfield.
  • In-Series Nickname: She's colloquially known as "Pritch the Witch".
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Devon can describe her this way during the eulogy.
  • Pet Monstrosity: She keeps a moss creature as a pet. A premium option allows you to recruit it, with its default name being "Maurice".
  • Sacrificial Lion: Was killed by Redfield to signify that the ritual failed.
  • Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!: She’s old and quite sarcastic with her remarks to the kids.
  • Shrouded in Myth: She is one of these with different rumors the kids have heard about her. Andy heard from his cousin that Cora’s face is disfigured from acid thrown at her. Stacy heard from Connor that she used to bake kids into clay coffins and that her face is disfigured from the oven exploding.

Tropes for It Lives Beneath Characters

    Main Characters 

Main Character/Harper Vance
Harper's different appearance options
The protagonist and playable character of It Lives Beneath

  • Big Brother Instinct: Or Big Sister Instinct. Harper is very protective of their younger half-brother Elliot.
  • Cassandra Truth: Chapter 2 allows them to outright say it was a monster that dragged Kyle down into the lake, but nobody believes them.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Willing to do the best thing in a fight, even if it’s not the most heroic option, such as clawing an attacking cultist in the eyes.
  • Disappeared Dad: Harper's father walked out of the family when they were seven.
  • Dying Alone: Unlike their friends, who can die in plain view of the group, Harper is kidnapped, placed in a coffin, and thrown in the lake while nobody except their potential killer knows where they are. It could also become worse if everyone else survives (including Arthur).
  • 11th-Hour Superpower: If you've bought all the items that unlock the chest in Grandpa's house, it unlocks a suit of armor that allows Harper to fight back against Josephine on even ground.
  • Final Girl: Harper can become this in the final chapter if female, has enough nerve, and/or make the correct choices to escape her drowning and kill Richard Sutcliffe.
  • Fingore: If Tom has low Nerve during the monster attack in Chapter 10, not only does their own Nerve take a huge hit, but they lose a pinky finger in the process.
  • Hello, [Insert Name Here]: Race, gender, and first name can all be chosen by the player, but the last name is fixed as "Vance" (because unlike in It Lives in the Woods, some of your family members are major characters in this game as well).
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Says this almost word for word when they tell Josephine that her daughter, Marie, has been killed. This sends Josephine into a rage, accepts her form as a monster, and vows revenge on Arthur and the rest of The Society. Harper is shown to feel extreme guilt that they potentially ruined their grandmother's one chance at finding peace in the afterlife.
  • My Significance Sense Is Tingling: Early in the story, Harper can get a premium choice bracelet from Ned that warns them of danger when it glows.
  • Promotion to Parent: After the events in Chapter 9 with Arthur being arrested for confessing to murdering Harper and Elliot's parents, they have the choice of taking up all parental duties for Elliot.
  • Trauma Button: In the first chapter, seeing some accidentally spilled red alcohol stain a couch makes Harper automatically remember their parents’ murder.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: A male Harper gets to be one of these in Chapter 10 either in a premium outfit or even in the standard one.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: A premium option is to give them brightly colored hair with Mermaid Magic for females and Over The Rainbow for males.

Tomoichi “Tom” Sato
Click for appearance in It Lives In The Woods 
Originally Andy's close friend who's part of the basketball team, he now works as a boat mechanic for Harper's grandfather Arthur

  • Action Survivor: He survives the events of It Lives in the Woods, after being put in a coma and controlled by Redfield. Even after a few years, he still can't talk comfortably about Westchester.
  • Adorkable: Takes full force in It Lives Beneath.
    • He stumbles and makes jokes when he meets Harper. Harper can have the option to tease his "mysterious past" as being a "secretly big dork".
    • In Chapter 5, he tells Harper that he initially studied engineering because he wanted to build his own Transformers robot.
    • If Harper chooses to dance with him in Chapter 7, Tom will blush and stutter, confessing that he has never been asked to dance.
  • Ascended Extra: He was only a supporting character in It Lives in the Woods. In It Lives Beneath, he gets Promoted to Love Interest for Harper.
  • Big Damn Heroes: He saves Harper, Parker and Danni from the mutant bear in Chapter 5.
    • A high Nerve Tom saves Harper during the monster attack in Chapter 10, not wanting to let anyone else be a victim.
  • Cast From Hit Points: While there aren't any visible HP in the game, Tom can only cast his fire spell if he has a source of fire pressed against his palm, which hurts him.
  • First Guy Wins: He's the first male that can be romanced by Harper, meaning they'll be this trope by the end of the story.
  • Flipping the Bird: He does this in Chapter 12 to Astrid as an act of defiance even when he and Harper are surrounded by cultists.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: He and Andy were very close friends, even before Andy's change. They never show romantic attraction to each other, despite both being bisexual.
  • Hunter of Monsters: In Chapter 5 of Beneath he confesses to Harper, Parker and Danni that he has been hunting monsters and any kind of paranormal creatures to save people, which is the reason why he moved to Pine Springs. This is motivated by the traumatic experiences caused by Redfield.
  • I Call It "Vera": If you bought the enchanted wrench back in Chapter 9, Parker gives it to him in Chapter 11 and Tom reveals he named it Dame Judy Wrench
  • I Owe You My Life: He says this to Parker after he saves him, Harper and Imogen from the Society.
    “Dude... Parker... I owe you one, man. Like, big time. We're talking 'Wookie life-debt' territory.”
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: If he has the lowest Nerve score, he is impaled by antlers through the chest, throat, stomach, and arms.
  • Knight In Sour Armor: Having played in the basketball team since junior high has made him more cynical than Andy on their prospects in the team, but that doesn't stop him from supporting Andy.
  • Lovable Jock: Like Andy, he is one of the few decent guys in the basketball team.
  • Love Interest: In It Lives in the Woods, he tells Andy that he used to date a girl, but broke up with her after she kept calling him "Sempai". He's available to Harper as a love interest regardless of gender.
  • Mr Fix It: He works as a boat mechanic in Pine Springs.
  • My Eyes Are Up Here: In Chapter 3, Harper walks in on a shirtless Tom in the garage. If they let the timer run out, he has to tell them the trope name.
  • Playing with Fire: If Tom has the spell book, he has a spell that after reciting it, so long as he has a source of fire pressed against his hand, his targets will burn.
  • Properly Paranoid: In Chapter 11, he tells the rest of the gang that he can’t trust The Society, since he is the only one who isn’t close to any of the members (like Imogen and Parker) or needs something from them (like Danni). His suspicions increase after Chief Kelley’s ominous speech. Harper can potentially agree with him, turning out to be right about the true nature of the cult.
  • Secret Keeper: He and Harper, along with Devon/Noah are the only ones who know about whoever became Mr. Red.
  • Sempai/Kohai: He once had a girlfriend that used to call him "sempai" because he's Asian. He didn't like it.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: He suffers this trope if his nerve score is extremely low.
  • Token Minority: In It Lives in the Woods, he and Andy get discriminated in the basketball team because they are Asians, though Andy got it worse due to being both short and transgender.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: He gets one in Chapter 3 when Harper goes to tell him about the events that happened with Ned the night before.
  • Wrench Whack: A premium choice in Chapter 9 allows him to use Arthur's enchanted wrench as a weapon.

Imogen Abigail Wescott
A Pine Springs resident who invited Harper and Tom to her party after the latter fixed her yacht

  • The Atoner: If she survives, Imogen feels that the damage to Pine Springs was on her parents, so she made a mission to donate most of her possessions to restore the town.
  • Big Damn Heroes: If she has the bolas, she'll use them to rescue Harper, Tom, and Robbie from an elk monster in Chapter 11.
  • Big Eater: A premium choice date with her in Chapter 9 shows she can really put the food away and still have room for dessert after wards.
  • Cool Horse: She has a pet horse named Diavolos until Chapter 11. If she still has her powers by Chapter 15, she can bring a zombified Diavolos back to her side.
  • Cuffs Off, Rub Wrists: She does this in Chapter 12 when the magic cuffs are taken off of her.
  • First Girl Wins: She's the first female that can be romanced by Harper, meaning she'll be this trope by the end of the story.
  • The Glasses Gotta Go: She doesn't wear glasses whenever she's in formal occasions.
  • Like Brother and Sister: With Kyle, whom she described as the "sweetest, most hilarious guy" she would never date because "he's basically her brother".
  • Love Interest: She's available to Harper as a love interest regardless of gender.
  • Mixed Ancestry: Her parents appear in Chapter 2, showing that her mother is Caucasian and her father is African-American, which explains the lighter tone of her skin.
  • Nice to the Waiter: She invites Tom and Harper to her party for fixing her yacht, despite just meeting them.
  • Orgasmically Delicious: A premium choice in Chapter 6 has Harper bring her pastries from a local bakery to her house. She has one of these when she bites into an eclair.
  • Power Glows: Her body begins to glow, showing that the Power has accepted her.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: She gains the power to speak to animals when she makes her contract with the Power in Chapter 9. If she has a low Nerve score in Chapter 12, she loses her power when Astrid takes the power back.
  • Spoiled Sweet: She is very rich and doesn't hold up when it comes to partying big, and is still nice to all people in Pine Springs regardless of their social status.
  • Spot of Tea: Her premium choice date in Chapter 6 has her pouring some Darjeeling tea for herself and Harper.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Imogen gets it really bad throughout the book. Her friend Kyle is killed, and she partially blames herself. She later learns something's up with her parents, who influence her to join a cult. Her horse Diavolos dies, taken by the monsters. She later learns her parents are truly evil, older than they look, and are the start of this whole mess. In Chapters 14 and 15, her father and mother respectively get brutally murdered by a ghost right in front of her eyes, and depending on nerve score, she might see one of her friends be killed or die herself.
  • True Blue Femininity: She wears blue and is more feminine than Danni.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Her parents make sure that she excels in all she does while acting cold towards her if she fails to meet their standards. The only time she gets their verbal acknowledgement was after The Power accepted her.
  • White Sheep: She is kind and lovely, unlike her snob parents who happen to be members of the cult.
  • You Killed My Father: Chapter 14 has her father Vincent killed by Josephine when she's freed. Her mother Astrid is then killed as well.
  • Your Cheating Heart: In her premium choice date in Chapter 6, she reveals that her ex-boyfriend, Peter, had been cheating on her for months.

Parker Shaw
A nice police officer who seems to understand that something bad is going on in town.

  • Adorkable: Despite his confidence as a police officer, he gets into a loss of words when he offered to drive Harper home.
  • Back for the Dead: If he fails his Nerve check in Chapter 14, he leaves the group. If he has the lowest Nerve score by the next chapter, he comes back only to get his head crushed by a bear monster.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In Chapter 12, Parker saves Tom from losing an eye during the fight against the Society by knocking Astrid out.
    “You have the right to SHUT THE HELL UP!
  • Crazy-Prepared: In Chapter 10, if Danni asks why he has the stun baton even while it's just a day on the lake, he says “An Eagle Scout is always prepared!”
  • Cuteness Proximity: If Harper decides to befriend the otter as a Premium, Parker won't resist gushing over how cute it is.
  • Dark and Troubled Past/Former Teen Rebel: In Chapter 2, if Harper goes on the car ride with him, he says that his parents didn't treat him well when he was growing up, causing him to lash out to other people that he almost ended up in juvie, but Chief Kelly saved him from going down that path and inspired him to become a police officer.
  • Fair Cop: He's depicted as attractive to the point that many fans rejoiced when he's revealed to be a love interest.
  • Gun Stripping: If he has high Nerve in Chapter 14, he disarms Chief Kelley and strips his gun to the frame.
  • Love Interest: He's available to Harper as a love interest regardless of gender.
  • Nice Guy: He's very friendly and nice to Harper, offering to give them a ride home after they leave the police station.
  • Off with His Head!: If he has the lowest Nerve in Chapter 15, his head is crushed in the jaws of a zombie bear.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In Chapter 14, if he has low nerve during the last fight against the Society, he'll run away and leave his friends behind.
  • Shock and Awe: He can get a stun baton from the Society in a premium choice in Chapter 8.
  • Supernormal Bindings: Fitting as a cop, a premium choice in Chapter 12 allows him to grab magic handcuffs which not only break another rune keeping the treasure in Arthur's house, but can be used to nullify the Society's power. He gets to use them in Chapter 15 against a zombie bear, keeping it from attacking.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Danni, who makes teasing jabs at him. If he dies, Danni begins her eulogy with insults before admitting that he was the best friend she could ever have.
  • You Are in Command Now: If he survives the story and didn't run away, he becomes the new Chief of Police for Pine Springs.
  • You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: He says the trope name during Chapter 15 if Imogen has the Skeleton Key from Chapter 3 when it's used to unlock the police station.

Daniela "Danni" Asturias
A barista who has been conducting independent investigations on the lake ghost at night

  • Camera Fiend: She meets Harper while taking photos around Ned Mallory’s neighborhood in the middle of the night. Her photos are displayed at the coffeehouse.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: If she has the lowest Nerve score by Chapter 15, she is ripped in half by the monsters.
  • Hidden Depths: While generally acting calm and collected with more research and suspicion into the town's mystery, Danni can just as easily losing Nerve score as the rest of the main characters. Her Nerve notably starts out at 0 like the rest of the group.
  • Hipster: At least that's how she's labeled in town, especially by Richard, much to her annoyance.
  • Love Interest: She's available to Harper as a love interest regardless of gender.
  • Power Fist: Chapter 11 gives her brass knuckles as her premium weapon. It's enough to take down a zombie bear in two hits.
  • Rags to Riches: Downplayed. If she survives, while she's not utterly rich, her new job at ClickIt has allowed her to help her dad finally get surgery and to help pay the mortgage on her parents' house.
  • Spicy Latina: She is Hispanic and is easily one of the more aggressive members of the group.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Parker, whom she makes teasing jabs at. If Parker dies, she begins her eulogy with insults before admitting that he was the best friend she could ever have.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: In Chapter 12, she can be on the receiving end of this by the group if, because of a low nerve score, she betrayed the group in Chapter 11 to the Society.

    Vance Family 

Harper Vance

See the Main Characters section

Elliot Vance
Harper's younger half-brother

  • Ambiguously Gay: In Chapter 2, Harper notices that Elliot looks smitten with his new friend Robbie. When asked about it, he quickly tries to deny it because he is a guy despite being visibly flustered, but then asks if it would be fine if that was the case. It's not clear if he had crushes on girls as well. All ambiguity is dropped out the window in Chapter 10 when Elliot kisses Robbie.
  • Big Brother Worship: He clearly adores Harper, despite being half-siblings. After their parents' deaths, they are the only family they have to rely on, without considering their estranged grandfather.
  • Big Eater: He was still hungry after emptying three popcorn boxes and Harper's gummy bears at the movies.
  • Distressed Dude: The end of Chapter 10 reveals he was taken by the Lake Ghost.
  • Emancipated Child: After the events in Chapter 9 with Arthur confessing to murdering Harper and Elliot's parents, one of the options given is to allow him to be an emancipated child.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: “Scooter” is this due to asking for one for every birthday and Christmas when he was little. When he finally got one, he fell and knocked out four of his baby teeth. It's left him with a fear of scooters, skateboards and bikes.
  • Nice Hat: He wears a navy blue beanie.
  • Rapid-Fire "No!": In Chapter 10, he lets one of these out if Harper decides to tell Robbie why he's called “Scooter.”

Arthur Vance
Harper and Elliot's maternal grandfather

  • The Atoner: When Harper finds out that Arthur was the one who revealed the existence of the Power to The Society, this caused Josephine to be spiked to the bottom of the lake, incapable of saving her to protect their daughter. He spends the following 50 years with Josephine and Marie’s deaths on his conscience.
  • Evil Old Folks: He's revealed to be a member of the Society in Pine Springs. In Chapter 12, it’s revealed that he is actually the Token Good Teammate, working to destroy The Society from the inside.
  • Grumpy Old Man: He is always in a bad mood, and despite having the custody of his grandkids, he is far from nice to them.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: When Harper and Elliot meet him, Arthur acts strict and grumpy to them, When in reality he was trying to keep them out of the way to protect them from The Society, after he lost his daughter and her husband. He ended up saving Harper’s life three times.
  • Offing the Offspring: In Chapter 9, he confesses that he had a hand in killing his daughter and son-in-law. However, it’s later revealed that Vincent used his power to make Arthur take the blame, so Harper and the others would trust them.
  • Promoted to Parent: He is assigned as Harper and Elliot’s legal guardian, despite never having met him before.
  • Sole Survivor: He can become this for the Society if he survives and Harper succeeds in killing Richard.
  • Walking Spoiler: Almost all his entries are plot points.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He has an incredibly strict curfew, although this is because he believes this will keep his grandkids safe. He is also aware of whatever lives in the lake, given the suit and the fact that when Elliot suggests going swimming, he immediately says they'll be doing no such thing.

Josephine Vance

See the Other Characters section

    The Society (Spoilers Alert) 

Arthur Vance

See the Vance Family section

Vincent and Astrid Wescott
Left to right: Vincent and Astrid
Imogen's overbearing parents

  • Abusive Parents: They are emotionally and verbally abusive to Imogen, such as yelling at her when she doesn't agree with them and putting the cult's interests over her feelings. Astrid even calls Imogen an ungrateful witch when the latter fights back.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: The two of them are this to “Beneath” as the human villains of the book.
  • Compelling Voice: Vincent's power is that he can make anyone say or do anything against their will.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Despite their generally callous behavior, they still show concern for each other and Imogen. In Chapter 7, Imogen says that she received her horse Diavolos from her father as a graduation gift. In Chapter 14, Vincent tells Imogen to run to safety from the bear and elk monsters, and his death at Josephine's hands angers Astrid. The next chapter has Astrid killed by a marlinspike meant for Imogen by jumping in front of it.
  • Faux Affably Evil: They appear to be Good All Along when the rogue members of the society are revealed, claiming that they aren’t murderous at all and simply protecting the town. However, Chapter 11 reveals that they are evil when they plan to sacrifice Harper to the lake.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Astrid dies jumping in front of a marlinspike meant for Imogen.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Josephine kills Vincent with one of the marlinspikes used on her through his heart. In Chapter 15, Astrid gets this along with Off with Her Head! protecting Imogen from Josephine's wrath.
  • Oh, Crap!: Vincent has this reaction in Chapter 14 if Harper takes the marlinspike in a premium option.
  • Older Than They Look: They look like a couple in their 40s, but are really just as old as Arthur because of the Power keeping them young.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: Should Imogen subsequently be killed by the monsters, Astrid's sacrifice is this.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Astrid is the only female prominent cultist.
  • This Cannot Be!: If Harper has high nerve and resists Vincent's command to submit, he has this reaction when they resist his spell. The same thing happens when Elliot resists his voice as well in Chapter 13.
  • Unholy Matrimony: Both are married and members of the murderous cult in Pine Springs.

Abraham Kelley
The chief of the Pine Springs Police Department

  • Bad Cop/Incompetent Cop: Revealed to be the bad cop in Chapter 7.
    • Subverted, as one of the members of the local cult, he's been helping to protect the town.
    • Double Subverted, the cult is planning to sacrifice Harper, and he is hunting them down again after Chapter 12.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: He's mauled to death by one of the zombie bears in Chapter 14 when Josephine is freed if he's spared by a high Nerve Parker.
  • Gun Struggle: He can die this way if Parker has low Nerve, getting shot while they wrestle for his gun.
  • Nice Hat: He wears a brown full brimmed hat.
  • Police Are Useless: Triple subverted. Although Chief Kelly seems like a nice guy (he did save Parker's life) and isn't doing this out of laziness or malice (unlike Chief Walsh in Veil of Secrets), he straights up admit that there won't be an investigation into Kyle's death. He's revealed to be one of the good members of the local cult. Unfortunately, he is revealed to be Evil All Along causing Parker to be heartbroken upon realizing his hero is an evil homicidal serial killer and slips into a Heroic BSoD.

Richard Sutcliffe
Robbie's father and one of the richest personalities in Pine Springs

  • 0% Approval Rating: Nobody in Pine Springs was fond of Richard, even inside the Society. After the two month time skip, Robbie only wants to forget about his father, because he is aware that he was a very bad man.
  • Abhorrent Admirer: He makes several inappropriate advances towards Danni. What's really disturbing is that he is significantly older than her and he has a teenage son.
  • A Dick in Name: When they first meet, Harper can call Richard "Dick" to humor Danni and increase her nerve score. If Harper survives the finale, they get the option to say "Surprise, Dick."
    Harper: Have you considered going by Dick? Because you really seem like a Dick to me.
  • Dragon Their Feet: Just when you think it's over after two months....
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Is shown to care somewhat about Robbie, naming his dungeon password after him and ranting about losing him in an argument with Harper.
  • Groin Attack: If Harper survives the death trap, one of the options to attack him with is a good old fashioned kick down below.
  • Hate Sink: On his very first appearance, he was shown to be a creepy lech to Danni, homophobic towards Elliot, and a member of the Society who killed Ned Mallory and replaced him with a servant shapeshifter. In the final chapter, he reveals to Harper that he murdered their parents.
  • Heteronormative Crusader: According to Robbie, he’s unhappy with Robbie’s “choices”.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: If Harper survives, he attacks them with a fire extinguisher which puts a hole in the hull of the boat they're on, getting his foot stuck in it. Harper can then use this time to either bash him over the head or let them drown.
  • I Own This Town: He described Pine Springs as his town when he was strangling Harper in Chapter 8.
  • It's Personal: In Chapter 17, Richard wants to murder Harper in revenge for everything that happened, despite the fact that he can't gain anything from that. Then he plans to go after Arthur (if he survives) and Elliot.
  • Never Found the Body: Officially, his body was lost due to the dam flooding. If Harper escapes, they make sure this trope is fully played straight either with their own hands or by letting fate take its course.
  • Papa Wolf: Despite inviting Danni to his auction party, he immediately revokes Harper's invitation because of his relation with Elliot, who he considers a bad influence for Robbie.
  • Post-Climax Confrontation: In Chapter 17, as Harper is preparing fishsticks, Richard kidnaps them and stuffs them in a coffin at the bottom of the lake. If Harper fails to escape, they will die. And this happens after everything is said and done with the surviving friends in the two month Time Skip.
  • Psychic Strangle: In Chapter 8, Richard nearly chokes Harper to death without touching them.
  • Revealing Injury: He's identified as a cultist by the bruise he sustained from fighting Harper in Chapter 3.
  • Sole Survivor: He becomes this for the Society if Arthur dies and he succeeds in killing Harper.
  • Villainous Breakdown: If Harper escapes his death trap, he goes into a blind rage trying to kill Harper. If he's "spared", instead he'll start pleading for his life as he's dragged to a watery grave from the sinking boat.

    Other Characters 

Kyle Garza
Imogen's best friend who drowned at a yacht party Imogen hosted

  • Decoy Protagonist: He gets a lot of Character Shilling from Imogen, and Harper has the option to flirt with him, making him look like one of the main Love Interests. Instead, he is immediately killed off in the first chapter of the story, in front of Harper's eyes.
  • Distressed Dude: Towards the end of Chapter 1, he gets hypnotized into diving into the lake and dragged deeper by a skeletal being.
  • Foil: To Connor Green. They both serve as one of the respective main characters' love interests, appear in the first chapter, and do not have nerve scores. While Connor survives to the end of Book 1, Kyle dies after his debut.
  • Like Brother and Sister: With Imogen, who described him as the "sweetest, most hilarious guy" she would never date because "he's basically her brother".
  • Red Shirt: His death is the first demonstration of the lake monster's powers.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Kyle essentially exists to introduce the lake ghost in the most jarring way possible—the player can even gain romance points with him, setting him up as a long-term character so his death will come as a surprise even to more genre-savvy players. His death in the very first chapter helps to set up the more brutal, violent tone of It Lives Beneath compared to the first book.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Initial descriptions of him as Imogen's best friend and a great guy, in addition to the friendly conversation he has with Harper, made it seem like that he'd become a main character. But he's killed off at the end of the very first chapter.

Ned Mallory
A concerned citizen whose wife committed an abrupt suicide years ago and he believes there's more to the story

  • Cassandra Truth: He is the only adult in town who believes that an evil entity is murdering people, while others act patronizing to him. He is moved to tears when Harper supports him.
  • I See Them, Too: He's relieved when Harper tells him they saw something supernatural and believes him.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: He is on the other end. He believes that his wife was actually murdered and that it wasn't the suicide it was chalked up to be.
  • String Theory: When Harper gets inside his house, it has a lot of newspaper clips and notes from previous drownings in town.
  • Unexplained Recovery: He's looking rather fine for someone who just got stabbed to death by cultists the night before. In Chapter 9, we learn that he called Chief Kelley after getting stabbed, and Chief Kelley was able to use the Power to heal him and save his life. However, in Chapter 11 it’s revealed that it wasn’t Ned, a shapeshifter took his place.

Robert William "Robbie" Sutcliffe
Elliot's friend

  • Ambiguously Gay: When he and Harper run into each other at his father's party, Robbie asks about Elliot with a visible blush. If Harper chooses to encourage them to hang out more, Robbie looks very excited at the possibility of Elliot returning his affection. All ambiguity is thrown out the window when they eventually become boyfriends.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: He is very nice and good looking, with Elliot crushing on him.
  • Informed Judaism: He mentions Hanukkah as well as New Year's as the holidays his mother visits him.
  • Like Father, Unlike Son: Harper is shocked to learn that Robbie is Richard Sutcliffe's son.
    Harper: You're Robbie's dad?! But he's such a nice kid, and you're... uhm...
  • Locked Out of the Loop: He has no idea about the Society until Chapter 9.
  • Long-Distance Relationship: In Chapter 17, Harper can convince Elliot in a premium scene to go spend time with Robbie before he moves away to Tulsa with his mother. They promise each other to keep their relationship with texts and Skype calls.
  • Love Interest: For Elliot. Depending on dialogue choices, they can date for real.
  • Optional Party Member: Harper can choose to send him off to safety with the Society or allow him to come along to help rescue Elliot from the lake ghost, although he doesn’t appear for several chapters after the choice itself.

The Lake Ghost/Josephine Vance
Click for "human" ghost form 
The monster living at the bottom of the lake. According to the Society, the monster was a former member of theirs who attempted to take on too much Power by herself. Keyword being according to the society. In Chapter 12, it's revealed she was actually the Keeper of the Power when she was alive.

  • And I Must Scream: Chapter 13 reveals her body is literally spiked to the bottom of the river, having been used as the Society's power conduit. The same ritual Imogen did to gain her powers kills her again and again each time. Chapter 14 shows her remains in full detail.
  • The Heavy: While Astrid and Vincent are responsible for a lot of villainy in the book, she's responsible for all the deaths involved either through drownings or her zombies.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Once she's freed from being pinned down do the lake, she uses the marlinspikes as her weapons against the cultists, as well as on Astrid.
  • Kill 'Em All: The only words she has is “KILL THEM ALL!” After learning her backstory, it's at anything and everything perceived to be part of the Society. By Chapter 15, it now includes everyone living in Pine Springs, considering them parasites.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: Her modus operandi involves hypnotizing a nearby hapless person into drowning themselves into the lake, even if it means the victim has to break out of the house first.
  • Missing Mom: It was revealed that she died when her daughter Marie (Harper and Elliot's mother) was still a baby.
  • Occult Blue Eyes: The monsters she spawns and anyone she hypnotizes into drowning themselves have glowing blue eyes. When she appears, she also has glowing blue eyes.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: All of the deaths she's caused were in revenge against the Society for staking her to the lake, using her as a conduit for the Power. It gets worse when in Chapter 14, just as it looks like she's regaining her sanity, she finds out her daughter is dead and is even more hellbent on killing the Society, especially Astrid and Arthur.
  • Was Once a Man: Like Redfield before her, the ghost was once a rogue member of the Society who wanted more power for herself and got transformed by the Power.
    • Chapter 12 reveals she was actually a Keeper of the Power like Cora was, and that her true identity is Harper's grandmother, Josephine.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has green hair, some of it is actually seaweed.


Imogen’s horse, which she got after graduating high school

  • Back from the Dead: He's brought back as one of Josephine's zombies in Chapter 15. A high Nerve Imogen can tame him back to her side if she still has her powers.
  • Cool Horse: Imogen rides him on many occasions, even pulling a Big Damn Heroes together. He becomes even moreso if a high Nerve Imogen still has her powers and tames him after his zombification.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: After breaking out of the Lake Ghost’s control, Diavolos saves Imogen last minute before being dragged and devoured by the creatures.

Alternative Title(s): It Lives In The Woods


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